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Ernie Cope (born July 17, 1969 in Spanaway, Washington) is currently the Competition Director at JTG Daugherty Racing. He is a former American stock car crew chief and a former competitor in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, Craftsman Truck Series and Winston West Series. He is also the cousin of 1990 Daytona 500 champion, Derrike Cope.

Ernie Cope
Born (1969-07-17) July 17, 1969 (age 50)
Tacoma, Washington, USA
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
1 race run over 1 year
Best finish71st (1995)
First race1995 Dura Lube 500 (Phoenix)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
10 races run over 4 years
Best finish57th (1996)
First race1996 Craftsman 200 (Portland)
Last race1999 Dodge California Truckstop 300 (Mesa Marin)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0

Driving careerEdit

He began his professional career at the age of 19 in the NASCAR Northwest Tour, winning the series' most popular driver award in 1994. In 1995 he moved to the Winston West Series and won Rookie of the Year honors as well as the Most Popular Driver award. Also that year he attempted to make his Winston Cup debut at Sears Point Raceway, as part of a combination race between the Winston Cup and Winston West series,[1] but failed to qualify. He was able to qualify for the fall combination race at Phoenix International Raceway; however, he qualified last in the 44 car field, taking a provisional,[2] and was the first car out of the race, retiring after 19 laps due to engine failure. It would be his only Cup Series start.[3]

In 1996 he raced in four Craftsman Truck Series races, all in the western United States with a best finish of 19th at Portland International Raceway. He finished 57th in points. He made one start each in 1997 and 1998 and made four starts in 1999 with a best finish of 22nd at Evergreen Speedway; he finished 49th in points that season, his best points finish in the series.[4]

Crew chief careerEdit

Cope retired from full-time racing at the end of the 1995 season and accepted a position at Geoff Bodine Racing to crew chief the #7 in the Truck Series. He was Sadler Motorsports' crew chief in 2004 and served in various capacities with Robert Yates Racing in 2005. In 2006 and 2007 he was the crew chief for Wood Brothers/JTG Racing's #59 team in the Busch Series. In 2008 he moved to Kevin Harvick Incorporated to crew chief the #2 Truck Series entry driven by Jack Sprague. In 2009 and 2010 he was the crew chief for KHI's #33 Nationwide Series entry.[5] For 2011, Cope remained with KHI, being the crew chief for Elliott Sadler; he remained with the team when it was sold to Richard Childress Racing, acting as crew chief for the No. 33 with a variety of drivers in 2012 and 2013. In addition, he substituted for Luke Lambert as crew chief for Jeff Burton in the Sprint Cup Series in early 2013.[6] In October 2013 he left RCR, being replaced by Nick Harrison.[7] On December 12, 2013, it was announced that Cope would become the crew chief for the No. 5 of JR Motorsports in the Nationwide Series in 2014.[8] On August 18, 2014, Cope was announced as the crew chief of JR Motorsports' No. 9, driven by Chase Elliott, in 2015.[9] Cope left JR Motorsports at the end of the 2015 season to become the Competition Director at JTG Daugherty Racing beginning in 2016.[10] He substituted for Randall Burnett as crew chief for A. J. Allmendinger at the June 2016 Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 race at Pocono Raceway.

Motorsports career resultsEdit

NASCAREdit

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings. * – Most laps led.)

Winston Cup SeriesEdit

NASCAR Winston Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 NWCC Pts
1995 Lew Miller Racing 19 Chevy DAY CAR RCH ATL DAR BRI NWS MAR TAL SON
DNQ
CLT DOV POC MCH DAY NHA POC TAL IND GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR PHO
44
ATL 71st 31

Craftsman Truck SeriesEdit

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 NCTSC Pts
1996 Ernie Cope Racing 38 Chevy HOM PHO POR
19
EVG
28
TUS
27
CNS
31
HPT BRI NZH MLW LVL I70 IRP FLM GLN NSV RCH NHA MAR NWS SON MMR PHO LVS 57th 337
1997 Blake Motorsports 12 Chevy WDW TUS HOM PHO POR EVG I70 NHA TEX BRI NZH MLW LVL CNS HPT IRP FLM NSV GLN RCH MAR
20
SON MMR CAL PHO LVS 106th 103
1998 Gloy/Rahal Racing 55 Ford WDW HOM PHO POR EVG
24
I70 GLN TEX BRI MLW NZH CAL PPR IRP NHA FLM NSV HPT LVL RCH MEM GTY MAR SON MMR PHO LVS 93rd 91
1999 CJ Racing 27 Ford HOM
32
PHO
29
EVG
22
MMR
25
MAR MEM PPR I70 BRI TEX PIR GLN MLW NSV NZH MCH NHA IRP GTY HPT RCH LVS LVL TEX CAL 49th 328

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Northwest Motorsports: Ernie Cope Aims Nationally". The News Tribune. Tacoma, WA. May 6, 1993. Retrieved 2013-03-09.
  2. ^ Cavin, Curt (October 29, 1995). "Skinner's win over Irvan clinches first truck title". The Indianapolis Star. Indianapolis, IN. p. C8. Retrieved 2013-03-09.
  3. ^ "Ernie Cope - NASCAR Sprint Cup Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2013-03-09.
  4. ^ "Ernie Cope NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Grou. Retrieved 2013-03-09.
  5. ^ STEWART GOES ‘ALL IN’ TO DELIVER ARMOR ALL A SECOND-PLACE FINISH AT TEXAS Archived 2011-07-13 at the Wayback Machine, Kevin Harvick Inc. PR, April 6, 2009
  6. ^ Pockrass, Bob (March 8, 2013). "Jeff Burton supports crew chief's decision to be home with pregnant wife". Sporting News. Retrieved 2013-03-09.
  7. ^ "Harrison To Lead No. 33 Nationwide Team". National Speed Sport News. October 8, 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
  8. ^ "VETERAN CREW CHIEF ERNIE COPE JOINS JRM". NASCAR. December 12, 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-05.
  9. ^ "Ernie Cope to Crew Chief Chase Elliott in 2015". JR Motorsports. August 18, 2014. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  10. ^ "Veteran crew chief Ernie Cope to leave JR Motorsports". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 2016-11-04.

External linksEdit

  • Ernie Cope driver statistics at Racing-Reference
  • Ernie Cope crew chief statistics at Racing-Reference